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Paynter Arrives at Belmont Park

Grade 1 Travers candidate Paynter arrived at Belmont Park this morning from New Jersey and will be monitored to see if he can make the $1 million “Mid-Summer Derby” on August 25 at Saratoga Race Course.

Two days after winning the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational by 3 ¾ lengths on July 29, the Zayat Stables-owned son of Awesome Again spiked a fever. After spending time in the barn of trainer Kelly Breen at Monmouth Park, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert sent Paynter to the Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center in Ringoes, N.J.

“I sent him there as a precaution,” Baffert said on Friday. “They gave him fluids and antibiotics. We didn’t want to just leave him in the barn. He was sick; he had a temperature. He needed a lot of fluids. He had just run.”

Baffert said he has no schedule set for Paynter and will monitor him on a day-to-day basis in hopes of making the 1 ¼-mile Travers.

“Our main concern is to make sure the sickness didn’t go really bad on him,” said Baffert. “It was precautionary. He’s doing fine now.”

 

What the Nation is saying about Paynter Arrives at Belmont Park...

Yeah, me too. I'm a great big fan of Union Rags, but that Belmont should have been a sturdy win for Paynter. Drifted at the last couple seconds.
I really hope he can make the Travers and win so then we can say that he is the top 3YO.
GO PAYNTER! He's my pick then Alpha then Hansen

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